Mr. David  R.  Shenk
  • Memorials may be sent to Trout Unlimited Donegal Chapter, P.O. Box 8001, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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“We learned a great deal from Dave, he will be greatly missed ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Friends from Morr Outdoors

“To Jan and Family, I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of David. David and Jan has done many acts of random kindness for myself and their...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Anthony Ogden - York, PA

“fond memories of working with dave on the flat sorter. His excitment at sharing his fly fishing stories and gifting to me a fly made by him. Because...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: vanessa weaver - Marietta, PA

“Dave taught me how to Fly Fish. Not just the fundamentals, but the tradition and history. The purity of what Fly Fishing should be. We had some...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Doug Tretter - Ephrata, PA

“A wonderful man who had a smile for everyone. It was an honor to meet him, enjoyed playing poker with him and I will miss him. SMK. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Scott Klink - Manheim, PA

“Heard the sad news and my heart sank. To Jan and the rest of Dave's family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Dave was a great man and he will be...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Laura Aubel Maldonado - York, PA

“Dave, our friendship was short, but you left a lasting impression. Thank you for your warm smile and hearty greeting every time we would see each...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Luke Harris - Leola, PA - Friend

“So sad, sorry for the loss of a "Great Guy" who I know will be truly missed by many! KO ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Ken Oakley - Middletown, PA

“Dave, this is the first time you ever made us sad! You were a great guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with Jan and your family. We will miss you! ...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Harold and Virginia Williams - NJ

“Jan and Family , I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great guy. Where he is now, your thread never breaks. God bless. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Greg Heffner - Bath, NY

“Rest in peace David. We will miss you. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Richard Ross - Gladwyne, PA

“Jan and family, My heart seems so heavy now hearing of his tragic passing and thinking of what you all must be going through. I don't remember ever...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Mead - Scotia, NY

“Dad, I love you and will miss you very much. You left us too soon but you are in a better place. Those of us left will never forget you! We will...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Chris Shenk - Pottsville, PA

“Jan, I offer my sincere condolences at this time. I hope you receive much comfort from family and friends and turn to God for real consolation ...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Leigh


David R. Shenk, 67, of Lancaster, PA at his residence, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord, on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Born in Atlantic City NJ, he is the son of Grace H. Rock Shenk, Lititz and the late Paul D. Shenk. He was married to Jan Cutaiar Shenk. Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are his children, Christopher (Amy Allison) Shenk, Pottsville, PA, Bryan Shenk, Lititz, Adrianne (Francesco) Caporusso, Lititz; stepchildren, James (Jenifer Cole) Stewart, Fredericksburg, VA, Robert (Wendy Fralich) Stewart, Landisville, Jacques Decaire. Ft. Walton Beach, FL; 8 grandchildren, Daniel, Rebecca, Caleb, Gia, Catherine (Belle), Alex, Julia, Sylvia; a brother, Dale P. (Pennelope) Shenk, Albuquerque, NM and a sister, Mary Grace (Ronald P.) Youtz, Palmyra.

David was a graduate of Ephrata High School and Alvernia College with a degree in business management. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War serving in the Air Force. He was a postal clerk with the US Postal Service, retiring in 2009 and a substitute teacher for I.U. 13. Dave was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, but his passion was fly-fishing. He designed and tied flies for fishing, demonstrating them in the U.S., Canada and Italy. His innovative flies won him a master's award in England. He was passionate about sharing and teaching the sport of fly tying and fishing.

Another Passion was art. Dave was a talented painter and helped many others in that field. He enjoyed gardening and was skilled at raising flowers. Dave was an excellent chef and everyone wanted his secret recipe for cakes he made. He was a member of Trout Unlimited, Canada, Trout Unlimited, Donegal Chapter, where he was a board member, the AMVETS, American Legion, and an associate member of the Canadian Royal Legion. Dave attended Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster.

Dave's Life Celebration Service will be held at Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster, 1899 Marietta Ave., Lancaster on Monday, Dec. 3rd at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, E. Hanover Twp., PA. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Please omit flowers. Memorials may be sent to Trout Unlimited Donegal Chapter, P.O. Box 8001, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz, has been entrusted with the arrangements. To share your fondest memories of David visit: